Virtuosity

Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17

Critic Reviews

  1. Though Virtuosity connects all the dots to give audiences a roller-coaster ride, the movie begets nothing new: It's stillborn.
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    Whatever reason Denzel Washington may have had for deigning to grace a melodrama as scummy as Virtuosity, the actor has wound up with something that is even worse than 1991's Ricochet in his otherwise creditable filmography. [4 Aug 1995, p.4D]
  3. Washington is wasted here. Kelly Lynch is wooden. Crowe has a ball going over the top, but how much taunting and eyeball popping can a performer do?
  4. 30
    Despite some briefly breathtaking, computer-generated special effects, Virtuosity is 95 minutes of unsubstantial firefights and meandering plot twists.
  5. The presence of Washington lends the picture a much-needed dose of authenticity. But in the end Virtuosity is disconnected and uninvolving, despite -- or maybe because of -- a climax that comes in three distinct waves. One section seems to be a half-hour sound-and-light show.
  6. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    25
    Virtuosity doesn't really compute, but there's going to be more of its kind of cyberaction, not less. [4 Aug 1995, pg. 51]
  7. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    25
    The usual bad movie sometimes gives a few chuckles, amuses audiences by making them feel superior. But young director Leonard makes a different kind of bomb. Fascinated with technology, Leonard makes cutting-edge techno-turkeys, with wildly elaborate visuals and ridiculous plots. [4 Aug 1995, pg. I]
User Score
1.2

Overwhelming dislike- based on 144 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Mar 8, 2014
    3
    It hungers for more character development and more work on the script. The film does have a couple of intelligent scenes, and a few starIt hungers for more character development and more work on the script. The film does have a couple of intelligent scenes, and a few star actors, but it fails to entertain. Full Review »
  2. May 17, 2015
    0
    This is Denzel and Crowe's worst movie. The only scene in the movie which is good is at the start of the movie. There is an action scene thatThis is Denzel and Crowe's worst movie. The only scene in the movie which is good is at the start of the movie. There is an action scene that is well shot and from there on out this movie is very irrational.
    The storyline is beyond dull and all the ideas they input into the movie do the movie no justice.
    How this movie was made is beyond me but the move was a total waste of a 30 million dollar budget.
    This movie has no excellence that is usually associated with movies released from Paramount Pictures.
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  3. Feb 23, 2013
    6
    Virtuosity was a big budget 90s film, that despite having a great cast, was a big flop. After I watched the film, it's fairly easy to see why.Virtuosity was a big budget 90s film, that despite having a great cast, was a big flop. After I watched the film, it's fairly easy to see why. The premise of the film is that a police training, virtual reality serial killer, programmed with over 200 personalities, gets put into a robotic body and reeks havoc on LA. Having no one else to turn to, they turn to a famous cop, in prison, to catch him. The deal, catch Sid 6.7, get your freedom. It's a pretty cool idea, but after you get all the information in the beginning of the film, it turns into one big chase. That's it, a back and forth hunt, with no real substance, dialogue, or anything more than explosions and gun shots. The cast was excellent and if they had focuses more on the technology and the scientific aspects of it, the film would have been awesome, but instead it's just another plain, boring, shoot out. Full Review »